For the first time in over a year, for Father’s Day weekend, our family ventured back to Gatineau Park in Gatineau, Québec. For people living in the national capital region, Gatineau Park is a no-brainer when it comes to hiking, biking, swimming, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The park is the largest in the region; it’s over 350 square-kilometres amid towering trees and rocky outcrops, with gorgeous lakes, scenic lookouts and really cool caves. Our summer family tradition is typically a long hike followed by ice cream in Chelsea. (The vegan chocolate flavour at La Cigale is to die for.)
Gatineau Park is such an expansive wilderness in the region with waterfalls and caves that our family never paid much attention to the multi-use trails in Ottawa. All that changed with the pandemic, of course. As much as we missed Gatineau Park for over a year, rediscovering local
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